The Women Football Olympics Championships got under way at Tokyo, Japan with plenty of mouthwatering showpiece that cut the eye of the football world on the opening match day.
Reigning European champions Netherlands made their mark in a humongous victory; defeating the only African representatives Zambia, by ten goals to three. A precarious forward line consisting of Arsenal’s prolific forward Vivianne Madienma and Barcelona’s Lieke Mertens punished the Zambian women gravely for their tumultuous organization. Madenma netted a hattrick while Mertens registered 2 goals but Zambia would have something to cheer about as 21-year-old youngster Babra Banda braced up the occasion with her 3 goals.
Elsewhere, Sweden women rode their luck in a mammoth 3-0 victory over the world champion USA — ending their 44 games unbeaten strick courtesy of Stina Blacksternius brace and Lina Hurtig 72nd minute strike that sealed the deal for the Swedish women who got a second consecutive win over the USWNT after the Olympics 2016 quarterfinal triumph.
Brazilian Marta became the first women to record a goal in 5 Olympics tournament when Brazil sink Asian contingent China in a 5-0 win. Marta who netted 2 goals and gave away the penalty opportunity to grab her third to Andressa Alves who converted cleanly from the spot. Debina also scored the second for the 2 time Olympics runner-up before Beatriz rounded up the scoring for erstwhile host of the competition.
Great Britain got off to winning ways as they secured a comfortable 2-0 win over Chile, much applause to Ellen White 2 goals in both half while Concacaf women representative Canada were held to a 1-1 draw by host nation Japan and Australian women got away with a narrow 2-1 victory against New Zealand after Gabrielle Rennie pulled one back for New Zealand deep into stoppage time.